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Should You Add a Heat Recovery Ventilator to Your Home?

Though temperatures remain pretty mild right now, it’s just about time to start thinking about the state of your heating system and the best way to keep your home warm during the chilly nights and cool days that will be coming this winter.

You’d probably like tips on how to improve the efficiency of your heating system so that you can save money, considering how much you’ve likely spent on cooling costs all summer. We recommend seriously considering the installation of a heat recovery ventilator (HRV) to help cut down on your costs. But how does this system work and how does that benefit your home? Keep reading to learn more.

Your Home Can Retain Heat

HRVs are installed into the attic of homes, where heat gathers. This is the one area of your home that you are at the greatest risk of losing the warm air that’s generated by your heating system. An HRV is comprised of two lengths of ducts, each with a blower on one end and a heat exchanger in the middle of the two.

These ducts never connect. However the heat exchanger will swap the heated energy between them. One fan functions by blowing stale air out of your home, while the other one blows fresh air in. In the meantime, the exchanger prevents any temperature loss from the process.

What Are the Advantages?

Due to the effort of an HRV, your heating system doesn’t have to contribute as much energy as it normally would to keep your home warm. In fact, an HRV can reduce the monthly costs of heating your home by as much as 40%, according to statistics from the U.S. Department of Energy.

What’s more is that the process of swapping the air out of your home keeps germs and other contaminants from circulating, which is a significant problem in the winter when most of us usually keep our doors closed to better retain heat—particularly at night. An HRV can go a long way toward a healthier and more comfortable home this winter.

To schedule a heat recovery ventilator installation in Santa Fe, NM, contact Roadrunner Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration today.

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